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Hearing and dementia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim GriffithsORCiD



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Hearing deficits associated with cognitive impairment have attracted much recent interest, motivated by emerging evidence that impaired hearing is a risk factor for cognitive decline. However, dementia and hearing impairment present immense challenges in their own right, and their intersection in the auditory brain remains poorly understood and difficult to assess. Here, we outline a clinically oriented, symptom-based approach to the assessment of hearing in dementias, informed by recent progress in the clinical auditory neuroscience of these diseases. We consider the significance and interpretation of hearing loss and symptoms that point to a disorder of auditory cognition in patients with dementia. We identify key auditory characteristics of some important dementias and conclude with a bedside approach to assessing and managing auditory dysfunction in dementia.

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Author(s): Hardy CJD, Marshall CR, Golden HL, Clark CN, Mummery CJ, Griffiths TD, Bamiou DE, Warren JD

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Neurology

Year: 2016

Volume: 263

Issue: 11

Pages: 2339-2354

Print publication date: 01/11/2016

Online publication date: 02/07/2016

Acceptance date: 14/06/2016

ISSN (print): 0340-5354

ISSN (electronic): 1432-1459

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00415-016-8208-y